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Give Thanks – Give Hope

Give Thanks

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, which I’ll spend at home cooking with my husband for our family and a few good friends. There is so much to be thankful for this time of year, including the lavish meal we will prepare for loved ones.

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Take a Leap- Bake a Difference

Kahlua Cake - Taste This! The Delicious Sequel

Kahlua Cake - Taste This! The Delicious Sequel

While I am in the midst of a messy kitchen remodel and now challenged to cook each meal in my temporary kitchen, I am determined not to ‘suffer’ through meal time with my family. I’ve decided that dinner must be the one grounding point of our day while the upheaval around us spins in and out of control. There is one other challenge I will give myself this month, I will find a way to bake something with my limited kitchen resources and not just because I am a glutton for sweets. In honor of Leap Year, that one extra day we are given every four years, I want to make a decision that marks this extra day. I want to make it count. I want to do something that can help make a difference – and I hope that you will join me.

(Standing on soap box) I was inspired by an email I received from the ‘Share Our Strength’ foundation asking to help them in the fight to end childhood hunger by registering to host and/or participate in the Great American Bake Sale. Today they are kicking off the 2012 bake sale season, and they’ve got all of the tools you need to plan for and host a fun, exciting and successful bake sale in your community.

I hope you will join me by whipping out your whisk, heating up your oven and recruiting your loved ones of all ages to bake for the No Kid Hungry Campaign. All the money raised in your bake sales will help feed kids across America. Kids shouldn’t have to go to bed hungry anymore. I hope you will take this LEAP with me.

Looking for baking inspiration while surrounded by rubble….

Hunger Does Not Discriminate – Giving Thanks

While I eagerly plan out a Thanksgiving meal that will treat and tease the palate, I become humbly aware that millions of people will go hungry this holiday season.

This Thanksgiving I am joining my friend, Jennifer Perillo, to help work towards closing the hunger gap. Whether your heart is drawn to helping those around the world, or those in your own backyard, we can all agree hunger does not discriminate. This empty plate represents the millions of people whom will go hungry on Thanksgiving. Whether you support local or global, we can collectively show our strength and work towards filling the plates of those whom are less fortunate.

When you look at this plate, imagine all those dishes you look forward to sharing with your loved ones and then imagine that this year things would be different. How would you change this holiday for the hungry? How can you make a difference? I am always inspired by American’s eagerness to evoke change. Today, we can feed someone. I hope you will join me and donate now.

Global Donations
Share Our Strength- No Kid Hungry

Feeding America

San Francisco Bay Area Donations

San Francisco Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank

Alameda County Food Bank

Holiday Food Drives in Marin (excerpted from the Marin IJ)

*Boy Scout Food Drive: The Boy Scouts of America Marin Council will collect donated food from homes throughout the county on Nov. 20. Scouts will start leaving hangers on doors in the middle of the month.
*Can Tree at Northgate mall: The Marin Food Bank will set up an 18-foot can tree at Northgate mall in Terra Linda where shoppers can donate up to 5,000 pounds of canned food during shopping center business hours from Nov. 22 to Jan. 3.
* NBC Channel 11/Safeway Turkey and Ham: The Marin Food Bank and Rotary clubs will have volunteers at all eight Marin Safeway stores from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 asking shoppers to buy a turkey or ham for the food bank. Safeway will bring all hams and turkeys to the food bank that day.
*Town Center Corte Madera Donation Turkey: The annual donation turkey will be at Town Center Corte Madera accepting food and cash donations through early January.
*St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County Turkey/Meat Drive: Volunteers will stand outside the Free Dining Room in San Rafael at 820 B St. accepting turkeys, chickens, ground beef, fish, canned tuna and other meat items from 6:30 to 1 p.m. daily starting Nov. 13.

To learn more about donating to or volunteering for the Marin Food Bank, call 883-1302 or visit www.marinfoodbank.org.
To donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, call 454-3303 ext. 12.